The Unkowing Muse

The Unkowing Muse

by Sarah White




Poetry. "Sarah White is all that a good poet should be—smart, funny, daring. She redefines the familiar, giving new aspects to themes as commonplace as love and motherhood, standing beside her son in a courthouse, or advising her children that, as a poet, she has other work to do. Following her, we end up in unexpected places, in the graveyard where Baudelaire is buried, or in Purgatory itself, island in the Southern Sea, where sin can be handled, deftly. You go with her through poems that assume their own heft and place on the page—'I can step next door / to see Vesuvian flames / and hear the roar,' confident she'll not leave you stranded, even as she quips, 'I tip to one side when I walk.'"—Mervyn Taylor

"We can tell, from these lines and the ones in between, how much our poet loves language, over and beside all other loves in her life; and we can tell that—sh..! —she's having an affair with Occitan. Somehow I find it entirely justified, for just as those modern Occitan poets are avatars of the medieval troubadours and their amor de lonh, Sarah White is a paradigm of the modern trobairitz."—Ricardo Nirenberg

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939929150
Publisher: Dos Madres Press
Publication date: 03/08/2014
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Before moving to Manhattan, Sarah White taught French language and literature at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. She is author of the poetry collections THE UNKOWING MUSE (Dos Madres Press, 2014), ALICE AGES AND AGES (BlazeVOX Books, 2010) and CLEOPATRA HAUNTS THE HUDSON (Spuyten Duyvil, 2007), a poetry chapbook, Mrs. Bliss and the Paper Spouses (Pudding House, 2007), and a book-length lyric essay, The Poem Has Reasons: a Story of Far Love (Proem Press, 2008). She is also co-translator (with Matilda Bruckner and Laurie Shepard) of Songs of the Women Troubadours (Routledge, 2000).

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